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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595586830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595586834
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Innovative... A small but important step, if not toward peace, then perhaps toward understanding... Developed by a group of Israeli and Palestinian teachers, this text will prove useful not just to the young, but to anyone who quails at the thought of even attempting to unravel the knotty history of the Middle East."
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"The battle lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extend to the classroom, where the two sides’ versions of their shared history diverge sharply. Now, two university professors aim to change the way the conflict is taught by exposing Palestinian students to Israeli history lessons and Israeli students to the Palestinian version of history.
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About the Author

Peace Research Institute in the Middle East (PRIME) is a nongovernmental organization established by Palestinian and Israeli researchers with the help of the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. A co-founder with the late Dan Bar-On of PRIME and its current co-director, Sami Adwan has published widely on the role of education in peacebuilding. PRIME co-director Eyal Naveh is a professor of U.S. history at Tel Aviv University and teaches history and history education at the Kibbutzim College of Education.

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They are teaching it, and the book was written with feedback from classroom teachers.
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And, given the high emotions on each side, it is remarkable that the authors were able to work together.
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Reading the page by page different narrative style is very hard, especially if you are a fast reader.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Murane on May 14, 2012
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This book's simple yet ingenious innovation is a layout common to every English-Hebrew siddur: the right facing page is the Israeli narrative and the left facing page is the Palestinian side, each describing the same events. For example, page 168 is in the middle of the chapter about the 1950s-1960s. The Israeli page features a photo of Adolf Eichmann on trial in Jerusalem; the Palestinian page features a photo of a Palestinian refugee woman embracing a relative through a border fence. The Israeli chapter is titled "The State of Israel: The First Decades" and faces "Years of Homelessness and Despair." As one reads about the bombshell effect Eichmann's trial had on Israeli Jewish identity, you can't help but glance at the other page describing the systematic dispossession of Palestinian property under absentee laws.

Those of us versed in both narratives may be quite familiar with the different traumas important to both sides. But to see them so vividly and loyally portrayed side by side reminds me of how important efforts like this remain. For avid consumers of Middle East histories, this is an innovative quick reference guide. And for those entirely new to this issue, I highly recommend any book that is simple, clear and fair to both sides -- for which this approach is uniquely, brilliantly qualified.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By billfish on August 16, 2012
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A group of teachers, professors and journalists tried to develop a unified narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis for practical teaching purposes. They failed. Instead the created this side-by-side presentation of the Israeli narrative and the Palestinian narrative. They are teaching it, and the book was written with feedback from classroom teachers. Pretty amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marilyntje on February 1, 2013
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It takes a while to get used to reading just the right-hand pages of a book, then just the left-hand ones (or vice-versa), but it makes it very easy to see how differently the contending parties in a dispute see the same incidents. I hope there will be continuing efforts to improve this book, and that it will be widely read by those who wonder why the Israelis and Jews, and the Palestinians and Arabs and Muslims, have been struggling for so long (close to a century), after having been able to get along much better for the preceding centuries.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AntoniaLM on December 31, 2012
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This is a remarkable book. It jot only is a good quick history of Palestine/Israel, but it shows how accounts of the same events vary depending on one's outlook. And, given the high emotions on each side, it is remarkable that the authors were able to work together. For a balanced account of the history of the region it is excellent and there is little else like it to be read.
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